\ ˈvīn How to pronounce vine (audio) \

Definition of vine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a plant whose stem requires support and which climbs by tendrils or twining or creeps along the ground also : the stem of such a plant
b : any of various sprawling herbaceous plants (such as a tomato or potato) that lack specialized adaptations for climbing


vined; vining

Definition of vine (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to form or grow in the manner of a vine

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The gourds can grow on trees or vines and are dried before using. Washington Post, "Gallery in central Mexico displays a trove of folk art," 10 July 2019 Large yellow jackfruit grow like Chinese lanterns among loquat and clove trees, pepper vines and coffee plants. The Economist, "The murky world of Madagascar’s roaring vanilla trade," 5 July 2019 Youngstown is about to see first-hand what happens to a community when its only long-serving newspaper withers on the vine and dies. Phillip Morris,, "The watchdog of the Mahoning Valley is about to die: Phillip Morris," 3 July 2019 The Willow Fork Park Butterfly Garden is home to nine host plants: Mexican Butterfly weed, candlestick, bouquet dill, Dutchman’s pipevine, fennel, green antelope horn milkweed, curled parsley, passion vine and rue. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Butterfly garden new attraction at Willow Fork Park," 2 July 2019 Bougainvillea vines and jacaranda petals spill onto every street. Anna Deutsch, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From…Oaxaca, Mexico," 22 May 2019 Weeds and vines cover some and they are surrounded by vacant lots. Mike Giuliano,, "Diverse photographic landscapes at Howard Community College," 20 June 2019 The Fixer-Upper Gainess have put their stamp on pale wood paired with vines and white tile. Lily Jackson |,, "The secret life of a pallet: Exploring a booming Alabama business, its rustic-decor afterlife," 20 June 2019 The green grass and vines almost hide the scars, but not quite. Washington Post, "AP Was There: D-Day correspondent returns 10 years later," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of vine


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vine


Middle English, from Anglo-French vigne, from Latin vinea vine, vineyard, from feminine of vineus of wine, from vinum wine — more at wine

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English Language Learners Definition of vine

: a plant that has very long stems and that grows along the ground or up and around something (such as a wall or tree)


\ ˈvīn How to pronounce vine (audio) \

Kids Definition of vine

: a plant whose stem requires support and which climbs by tendrils or twining or creeps along the ground

Other Words from vine

vinelike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

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